Rattray’s on MalaMala

Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Sabi Sand Game Reserve


MalaMala Game Reserve, steeped in a rich history dating back to 1927, represents the pinnacle of luxury photographic safaris. Spanning an expansive 13,300 hectares (33,000 acres), it ranks among South Africa’s largest private Big Five reserves. Located strategically between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve, MalaMala shares an unfenced 19-kilometer (12-mile) border with the renowned Kruger National Park. This unique positioning allows for a remarkable wildlife experience, with abundant opportunities for observing Africa’s most iconic species in their natural habitat.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • En-Suite
  • Plunge Pool
  • Safe
  • Shower

What to Expect

MalaMala Rattray’s Camp embodies the essence of opulent safari living, offering a window into a bygone era when intrepid travellers in Africa seamlessly melded untamed wilderness with elegance. Echoing the timeless allure of Karen Blixen’s ‘Out of Africa,’ this camp exudes a regal safari-style charm. Its interior showcases a harmonious blend of crystal and leather, complemented by exquisite furnishings that will captivate the discerning connoisseur of life’s finer pleasures.


Luxury Suite

Each suite functions as an inclusive home, resplendent with hand-selected furnishings, lavish dual bathrooms, a secluded outdoor shower and a private plunge pool.

Game drives / Safaris

Game drives are conducted twice a day (early morning, and late afternoon/ evening) in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles. The rangers are in constant radio communication with one another to keep each other informed about the location of wildlife. Headsets are used for this purpose so as not to interrupt the sounds of the African bush. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the rangers to leave the road and provide guests with close up game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night.

Bush Walks

Visitors may head out on foot with their armed ranger. The perspective of the bush is entirely different to that of a vehicle, and guests will learn to read the signs of the wild, and perhaps come into close contact with the different animal species on the reserve.


There is a gym located next door to the spa, overlooking the swimming pool and the Sand River. The gym has a selection of cardio equipment and free weights.

Deck, Boma and Dining Room

Brunches, high teas and dinners are served on the deck overlooking the Sand River, in the air conditioned dining room or else around a blazing fire in the reed-enclosed boma (African structure) under the glorious night sky above.


  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Laundry service
  • Disability Services
  • Restaurant
  • Internet Access
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Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with Our Luxury Camps and Wildlife Tours in South Africa

We also offer a range of activities and excursions, including guided wildlife safaris, walking safaris, and boat cruises. So come and explore the beauty of South Africa with us, and experience the magic of the African wilderness in comfort and style!



During your trip, we’re available 24/7 to provide assistance and support. If any issues arise, we’re here to help, so you can focus on enjoying your trip to the fullest.


Happy Clients

We understand that planning a trip can be overwhelming, which is why we offer a comprehensive planning service that takes care of everything from start to finish.

Our Client Reviews

  • Tim Taylor

    It was our 50th wedding anniversary & we took our whole family, our children, their spouses & our grandchildren, 20 strong, on safari at Umkumbe Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands & then for 5 days in the Western Cape. In the Cape we stayed at Lyonesse House in Constantia, a fabulous property for a big group. It was all arranged by Denise of East Cape Tours. Everything went very smoothly & everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks Denise!

  • Tony King
    United States

    Stephanie has been the best agent I have worked with in Southern Africa. I bring groups from USA to South Africa and Zimbabwe and she has helped me tremendously.

  • Helen Blair
    United Kingdom

    Cearl Marney was an incredible agent, going above and beyond to arrange our stay at Amakhala Game Reserve. Not only were the arrangements flawless but Cearl also organised a nurse to come to our apartment to conduct PCR tests for the flight home. We would certainly recommend East Cape Tours (and Cearl in particular!) for any holiday bookings! We will be using them again next year Easter for sure!

  • Grace Tillemans
    United States

    For our first safari in Africa we decided to go to Sabi Sands private game reserve which was incredible. The whole process went seamlessly thanks to our amazing agent Valencia Sifo.